Wings Over The Hills slated for this weekend

The Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center will hold its fourth annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival, Friday through Sunday, April 25-27, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

A pullout section detailing the weekend events can be found in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

A 5k nature walk and a 3k nature stroll in the park will open this year’s slate of activities, which will also include nature talks, birding field trips, a hummingbird banding demonstration, butterfly and dragonfly chases, children’s activities and a nature photography workshop.

The Last Chance Forever show, featuring a live flying demonstration by birds of prey, will again be the feature presentation on Friday evening.

Updated information on the event is available online at


HOSA team qualifies for nationals

QUALIFYING to compete in the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) competition at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., this summer was the Fredericksburg High School team of Edward Williams and Katelyn Immel. — Photo courtesy FHS Campus Comet

A Fredericksburg High School team will be competing against students from all over the United States this summer when they participate at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

Qualifying for the national contest in Orlando, Fla., June 25-28, was the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) of Katelyn Immel and Edward Williams.

They finished third at the recent state contest in Austin to earn the right to advance to the national contest.

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Marktplatz fish fry to aid local firemen

With The Almost Patsy Cline Band headlining as its entertainer, the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) will host its annual, community-wide fish fry fundraiser on Saturday, April 26.

The event is being held later than normal this year due to a scheduling conflict, but the wait will be worth it as the event gets back to the “good old days,” once again offering a dance, according to FVFD President Brian Lochte.

Plates of piping-hot fish filets (fried up in huge kettles manned by volunteer firefighters nearby,) along with plenty of side dishes, will be served starting at 5 p.m. on Marktplatz. Cost per plate is by donation.

Lochte reminds diners, however, that this is a primary fund-raising event for the volunteer fire department and asks them to contribute fairly and generously to collection jars which will be stationed at the ends of each food serving line.


Hail, thunderstorms hit Hill Country on Monday

By Richard Zowie —

Dark clouds and thunderstorms visited Gillespie County Monday evening, bringing rain, some hail and power outages, yet minimal damage to area crops.

Fredericksburg and areas in the county reported amounts of rain up to an inch.

Some areas also reported minor damage due to the small amounts of hail that ranged from golf ball- to pea-sized.

Brad Roeder, Gillespie County agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, said there was minor damage done to area crops, particularly small grains.

“It was very isolated and involved the bigger hail, nothing it can’t recover from,” he said.

Roeder added that there was some damage done to newly-planted corn.

“The corn is young enough, so it can recover from that,” he added.

Things were mostly calm inside Fredericksburg. Juli Bahlinger, city communications manager, said there were no reports of any damage.


Relay For Life to support survivors, help fight breast cancer

Gillespie County’s 2014 Relay For Life will run from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday, April 25-26, at the Fredericksburg High School Stadium.

This fundraising event raises money in the battle against the various forms of cancer and also supports survivors and consoles those who have lost loved ones to cancer.

According to the Relay For Life website, as of April 21, 11 teams and 175 participants in the Fredericksburg event had already raised over $31,000.

The following activities are scheduled with specific times to be announced:

Registration for survivors and teams is from 3-4:30 p.m.

A reception honoring survivors runs from 5-6 p.m.

The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m., and it brings everyone together to celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer, inspire hope and remind everyone that the battle of cancer is year-round.


FPD officer recovering, suspect in custody

A Fredericksburg police officer is recovering from gunshot wounds and a suspect is in custody following a traffic stop early this morning.

At approximately 1:42 a.m. today, Bradley Durst, 29, was conducting a routine traffic stop in the 1600 block of East Main Street. The officer approached the vehicle at which time the driver leaned outside the vehicle and fired multiple shots, according to a press release from the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Durst was struck with two rounds — one in the right side of the neck and the other in the right lower abdomen.

He was able to call for assistance and a Gillespie County deputy and a first responder were the first on the scene.

The deputy assisted the officer into his vehicle and transported him to the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

Durst was later transported to a San Antonio hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition in ICU.


Small plane crash injures two at county ranch

Two persons, including a local flight instructor, were injured in a Wednesday morning airplane wreck in southwestern Gillespie County.

Bob Snowden, the instructor, and Joe Zullo, a retired physician, were reportedly practicing touch-and-go landings at Silver Wings Fly-In Ranch at around 10:30 a.m., when the engine quit.

The facility is located at 3749 Friedrich Road at Aviation Loop, between Harper and Kerrville.

Roger Hansen, director at the Gillespie County Airport, said Thursday morning that Snowden was in ICU awaiting surgery at University Hospital in San Antonio for a compound leg fracture.

Zullo reportedly suffered minor injuries.

“Bob was giving flight lessons, and from what he told someone, the engine quit,” Hansen said. “They hit a cattle fence instead of being able to skid to a stop.

“That caused a much more abrupt stop than they were hoping for,” and caused the injuries, he said.


Trustees ok stadium timetable

By Richard Zowie

Construction on the high school stadium will commence at month’s end and move graduation ceremonies.

Fredericksburg Independent School District’s board of trustees approved the stadium construction project and agreed to begin formal discussions on another during its Monday, April 14 regular meeting at the administration building.

Trustees also moved the location for the Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies and heard an update on the band program from John Rauschuber.

Toward the end of the meeting, officials set a special meeting for noon, May 1 to approve bids for the agriculture facility to be built at the eastern corner of Hollmig and Friendship Lanes, and for the Fredericksburg Middle School heating, ventilation and air conditioning project.

FHS stadium project


First arrest made in year-old overdose death

Editor’s Note: As of Wednesday, April 16, this is an updated version with additional information from the initial story that was posted online on Monday, April 14.


A first arrest has been made and more are anticipated in the ongoing investigation of last year’s fatal drug overdose of 16-year-old Fredericksburg High School sophomore Samuel (Sammy) Herrera.

Robert Gavin Jeffrey, 19, of Fredericksburg, was indicted on charges of “Criminally Negligent Homicide” and “Delivery of Dangerous Drug” by the Gillespie County Grand Jury when it convened Monday, April 7.

Jeffrey is accused of taking an active part in supplying the synthetic hallucinogen “25b-NBOMe” to Herrera and another FHS student, James Jarreau, who also overdosed but survived in the same incident on April 20, 2013.


Wednesday fire destroys local home

BIG BLAZE Firefighters attempt to get a fire under control as it quickly consumes a residence at 29 Quail Run (off Knopp School Road) Wednesday afternoon, April 16. Volunteer fire departments from Fredericksburg, Willow City and Stonewall all responded to the blaze, which was reported to 911 when flames became visible along the home’s roofline. No one was injured when the fire broke out and the Red Cross was called to help keep homeowner Sheldon Paul Engel and his family comfortable overnight. Updates to this story will follow. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter


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